Drone


It’s late 1982 and Barry Jenkin is spinning a plain label 45 by the little-known band Rome on his popular late night ZM network radio show. “A doomy guitar band from Tauranga,” the influential DJ pronounces in a deep smoky voice as the song drifts off, before adding that he will only play the record once.

No matter. The solitary airing proved more than enough. For those listening outside the main population areas the track being highlighted, ‘A Collision’, was a revelation. Here finally was proof that the New Zealand post-punk resurgence was bearing fruit in the nation’s smaller centres.

Drone - Pole Video (1987)
Drone: Darryl Hocking, Rosemary Whitehead and Daniel Newnham
DRONEnsemble
DRONEnsemble, Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland, October 1987
Rome: Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
Drone at City Gallery, Wellington, 1990
Drone - Opus I (1989)
Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Darryl Hocking, Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
DRONEnsemble
Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Rosemary Whitehead at a Drone rehearsal
Daniel Newnham, Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Drone: Darryl Hocking, Daniel Newnham and Rosemary Whitehead
Drone at Auckland's Muriwai Beach: Rosemary Whitehead, Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
Rome at the Taita Hotel, Wellington, May 1982
Drone - Dance O' Machine Gun (1989)
Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Drone: Rosemary Whitehead, Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
Drone - Moonsong
Drone in Wellington, October 1987
Drone - Music for Guitar and Piano
Drone - Greenwich (2000)
Darryl Hocking and Daniel Newnham at a Drone rehearsal
DRONEnsemble, Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland, October 1987
Darryl Hocking, Daniel Newnham and Rosemary Whitehead
Drone in Wellington, October 1987
Drone, London, Brixton, UK, 1993
Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Drone at Rising Sun, Auckland, 1988
Drone at The Rising Sun, Auckland, 1988
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DDR


Q.D.K. Media


Freek


Adespoton Productions

Members:

Daniel Newnham - bass, cello, vocals

Darryl Hocking - guitar, vocals

Gareth Farr - percussion

Rosemary Whitehead - violin, keyboards, vocals

Trivia:

All three key Drone members still perform and record: Rosemary in The Grey Lynn Ukuladies; Darryl in Snake Salvador with Kevin Tutt; Daniel in TLC.

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